Team

Technical & OperationalTo top

Bernard André - Senior Geophysicist
Bernard André is a geophysicist with 45+ years of oil & gas experience in Europe, Africa, Asia, South America and North America. Previously, he was the senior geophysicist of Cove Energy plc. Prior to this, Mr André worked in several major oil & gas companies incl. 25 years at ExxonMobil and 5 years at Repsol-YPF. Bernard André has a post-doctorate degree in Geology from the University of Nancy.

Ian Reid - Senior Petrophysicist
Ian Reid is a petrophysicist with 35+ years of international oil & gas experience. Previously, he worked for 25+ years at Royal Dutch Shell in a number of senior technical roles. He has extensive expertise over a wide range of geological settings and across the full petroleum development cycle. Ian Raid has an MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University and an M.Phil from Newcastle Polytechnic.

Jan Willem Roosch - Senior Reservoir Engineer
Jan Willem Roosch is a petroleum engineer with 45+ years of oil & gas experience in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Previously, he was the senior reservoir engineer of Cove Energy plc. For the past 10 years, he has been active as a petroleum engineering consultant incl. for ING. Prior to that, Mr. Roosch worked for 35+ years at Royal Dutch Shell in a number of senior technical roles. Jan Willem Roosch has an Msc in Mining Engineering from Delft University of Technology.

Eric Murris - Senior Development Engineer
Eric Murris is a petroleum engineer with 35+ years of oil & gas experience in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Russia and South America. Previously, he worked at OMV in a senior technical management position. Prior to this, he worked for 30+ years at Royal Dutch Shell in a number of senior technical roles incl. as project leader of several major upstream projects. Eric Murris has an MSc in Applied Physics from Delft University of Technology.

Ries Langereis - Senior Drilling Engineer
Ries Langereis is a drilling engineer with 45+ years of international oil & gas experience. Previously, he was the wells manager of Cove Energy plc. Prior to that, Mr Langereis worked for 30+ years at Royal Dutch Shell in a number of senior technical roles, with particular exposure to Asia and Africa. More recently, he also worked for Cameron International and Schlumberger Business Consulting. Ries Langereis has an MSc in Petroleum Engineering from Delft University of Technology.

Bob Lyons - Senior Operations Engineer
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Steve Smith - HSEQ Advisor
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CommercialTo top

Thomas Fridrich - Commercial Advisor
Thomas Fridrich is a petroleum geophysicist and economist, holding a Master in Petroleum Economics and Management from IFP School in Paris, complemented by a joint Master degree in Applied Geophysics from top-tier universities Delft University of Technology, ETH Zurich and RWTH Aachen. He worked for six years as a petroleum geoscientist for Germany’s leading upstream player Wintershall mainly focussing on assets in the North Sea and in Argentina. Thereafter, he started transitioning towards the commercial side dealing with fiscal and regulatory regimes at GlobalData Energy, before starting in his current role at Discover Exploration.

Paul Micklethwaite - Senior Petroleum Economist

Paul Micklethwaite is a petroleum economist with 35+ years of oil & gas experience in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Americas and Asia. From 2001 to 2014 he worked at BG Group incl. as Group Economics Manager for Europe, Africa, the Middle East and global LNG. Prior to that, he worked as an economist at Enterprise Oil, BHP Billiton, British Gas, BP and Britoil. Mr Micklethwaite has an BA in Business Studies (Hons) from Abertay University.

Lars Nydahl Jørgensen - Country Representative Denmark
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Legal & FinanceTo top

​Desmond Crichton - General Counsel
Desmond Crichton is a transactional lawyer with 30+ years of oil & gas experience in Europe, Africa, Asia, North America and Australia. From 2003 to 2015, he worked at Royal Dutch Shell. Prior to that, Mr Crichton worked for 20+ years in legal, commercial and management roles at BHP Petroleum, Hamilton Brothers, Hudbay Oil and BP.

Karin Weisenborn - Legal Counsel
Karin Weisenborn is an oil and gas lawyer with a master’s degree in law from Leiden University and a master’s degree in petroleum engineering from Delft Technical University. Karin has over 25 years international industry experience. After working as a production and reservoir engineer in the United States, the UK and the Netherlands for companies such as Shell, BP and Placid she graduated in law and became senior policy maker for the oil and gas department of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. In this role she was responsible for oil and gas licensing on the Dutch continental shelf and played a key role in the revision of the Dutch oil and gas legislation. Karin also was central to the UK-Netherlands cross-border negotiations leading to the Markham Treaty and initiated discussions with the DTI (now DECC) on the UK-Netherlands Framework Treaty on Transboundary Fields.

Robert Whelan - Financial Controller & Company Secretary
Robert Whelan is a Chartered Accountant with 15+ years of finance experience. Previously, he was the Financial Controller of Cove Energy plc from 2010 to 2012. He has entensive experience in both practice and Industry finance roles including roles with Citco Fund Services, Aventas Group, AIB, Coca Cola and Frank Lynch & Co. In 2008, he founded OCREX Limited (formally WoodsWhelan Ltd) and co-invented ‘Autorec’, a software product now sold to thousands of accountancy products around the world and successfully exited the business in 2011. Mr Whelan has a bachelor in Business Studies from Dublin City University specialising in Finance and is a member of Chartered Accountants Ireland since 2007.

Ross Crockett - Finance Projects Controller
Ross Crockett is a member of Chartered Accountants Ireland and has extensive experience in senior finance positions in public listed companies including Orogen Gold plc, Fastnet Oil & Gas plc, Cove Energy plc and Amryt Pharma plc. Mr Crockett has worked with Accenture and Barclaycard in Ireland, and Westpac Bank and Commonwealth Bank in Australia. Ross qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2006 having completed his training with Ernst & Young Dublin and holds a masters degree in Accounting from University College Dublin.

Gordon Aird - Taxation & Corporate Structuring Advisor
Gordon Aird is a taxation & corporate structuring specialist with 30+ years of international oil & gas experience. Previously, he was the taxation advisor of Cove Energy plc. Mr Aird started his career as a UK inspector of taxes, before moving to the commercial side with International Thomson in the UK North Sea. He took then control of tax planning for Occidental's UK Continental Shelf operations and then assumed charge of global taxation matters for LASMO for 10 years, chairing the Brindex tax committee in that time. Thereafter, he became a director of Enron’s European wind and upstream business, helping to create tax efficient structures. Since then, Mr Aird has been primarily working in international structuring for international oil & gas groups.

Office ManagementTo top

Heidi Cassidy - Office Manager (London)
Heidi Cassidy started working in the oil industry in 2001 when she joined Agip KCO in The Hague. She has since worked for Royal Dutch Shell and after a few years with Bacardi Global Brands she returned to the fold and joined Cove Energy in 2010. Heidi has been with Discover Exploration since the inception.

Pascale Giordano - Office Manager (Dublin)
Pascale Giordano has 15+ years of experience at Falcon Oil & Gas, Cove Energy plc, Petroceltic International and Ferring Pharmaceuticals.